After raising them, doting on them, and instilling them with lessons of right and wrong, it can be somewhat harrowing to see one's sedan drive off alone for the first time. Release your car from the nest with today's Groupon: for $189, you get enrollment in a one-day Teen Driving Academy at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet (a $389 value, tax included). This program is available to all licensed drivers 16 years and older. Choose from the following dates:
- May 28, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- June 18, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- July 23, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- August 4, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- September 10, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- October 22, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In this professionally mentored Teen Driving Academy, developing drivers perform four drills reproducing common road issues, learn the finer points of vehicular dynamics, and study strategies for avoiding problems caused by other drivers. After an 8 a.m. breakfast and classroom time, students pile into the nine Autobahn-provided Mazdas, where they safely practice reflex-testing accident avoidance, wet-weather ABS usage, slalom drills, skid-control exercises, and proper hanging of fuzzy dice in an ornately wheeled, horseless training buggy. Lunch is also included, followed by a second classroom segment and more drills. Beyond highway-hugging safety, teens will also learn the basics of auto maintenance.
Parents are welcome to meet the instructors ahead of time and try the drills themselves while their newly wheeled progeny improve themselves in the classroom. This 350-acre motorsports facility, approximately one hour from downtown, is equipped with a dedicated defensive driving pad and skidding stage. Once enlightened as to the defensive driving skills they need, teens will be well equipped to handle emergency lane changes, safely skid through inclement weather, and hurl creative, eloquently worded insults to less competent drivers at 65 mph.
3795 CenterPoint Way
Joliet, Illinois 60436